Today, many people celebrate Easter Day, when according to Christian scriptures, Jesus was resurrected from the dead after his crucifixion.
It is a concept which I was brought up on, my father being a lay preacher in the Methodist Church, but a very difficult one (for me) to believe in or understand. Over the years as I have grown up, my beliefs and opinions have changed dramatically from total belief through total lack of understanding and all the possible feelings in between. If I am asked now exactly what I believe, I have to say that I am not sure – I am still learning.
It is not easy to put aside an almost inbred culture and way of life that I have known since childhood, despite my study and struggle to understand. Some days I have great respect for those who have such a strong faiths; other times I am confused at how such intelligent minds can believe in such things. But then, that is faith.
Whether we have a faith or not, there can be no doubt that the Christian message is one of love and hope, and that can only be a good thing. That atrocities have happened through history in the name of Christianity, I am again confused as to how this has happened and can only tell myself that in all religions there are extremists who have their own agenda.
But whatever our belief, faith or religion, we can together celebrate the fact of life itself. Whether this is all we have or whether there is something else to come – I do not know. I do know that I must make the most of life today and protect it and nurture it in any way that I can - be it my family, friends, or those who I have never met.